Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Odori Park
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    4.0
    3793 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 1 from 12-chome
    Odori Park is a unique park located in the center of Sapporo City running about 1.5 kilometers from Odorinishi 1-chome to Odorinishi 12-chome. It also forms a base point that divides the city into north and south. In addition to the beautiful flowerbeds and lawns, as many as 4,700 trees from 92 species are spread about inside the park, and their changing appearance can be enjoyed through the four seasons. Odori Park is also a venue for the Lilac Festival, YOSAKOI Soran Festival, and Sapporo Snow Festival, and is popular as a place where many Sapporo locals and tourists gather for recreation as well.

    I walked from end to end to enjoy the autumn leaves and hit the few highlights along the way. It was nice

  • Asahiyama Zoo
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    4.5
    2762 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Asahikawashi Higashiasahikawachou Kuranuma
    Asahiyama Zoo is a zoo in Asahikawa City. The exhibits allow you to see the expressions of the animals close up and include the penguin enclosure where you can see the penguins swimming as if they are flying through the air from an underwater tunnel that gives a 360° view (at the Penguin Building), the polar bear enclosure where the 300kg giants swim around energetically (at the Polar Bear Building), the seal enclosure where you can watch the distinctive swimming of seals (at the Seal Building), and the beasts of prey enclosure where you can see tigers, lions, leopards and other from various angles (at the Beast Building). The penguin walk held outside in the snow season is also popular.

    This is a great zoo ! their famous penguin parade, check their penguin parade schedule. The zoo collection is educable and take care well by the staff. I like the way the decorated the ice when...

  • Hoshino Resort Tomamu The Tower
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    1443 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Yufutsu-gun Shimukappumura Nakatomamu
    The Twin Towers Hotel is the famous landmark of Hoshino Resorts Tomamu. Standing in the center of Tomamu, it is quite conveniently located near a restaurant district and outdoor center. In addition to simple, practical standard rooms, they have family rooms, and Mama-rakuda rooms that have been outfitted for ease of use for families with babies, making it a popular place to stay with kids.

    Stayed for 5 nights. Enough snow though it was only early season. It offered many skiing routes, many eateries, open air bath, indoor pool and many activities you and the kids could join. Its one of...

  • Moerenuma Park
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    4.5
    840 Reviews
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    Sapporo, Hokkaido, Higashi-ku, Moerenuma Park 1-1
    Moerenuma Park is a comprehensive park in northeast Sapporo for which globally renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi created the basic design. Based on the concept of “the whole being a single sculpture,” it was recommended to build on a site where 2.7 million tons of waste had been put in landfill, and the park opened in 2005. Hills with geometric forms, fountains, and play equipment have been arranged in a vast site equivalent to 40 Tokyo Domes, allowing a landscape that fuses art and nature to be enjoyed. Another attraction is that seasonal pastimes can be enjoyed with cherry blossoms in the spring, water activities in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and cross country skiing in the winter.

    Visited with family Pros: 1) This park can be reached via train and bus. Ensure to read and understand the directions carefully because it can be confusing. 2) Best to visit with a full stomach and...

  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
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    4.0
    1006 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 14-12
    The Kanemori Warehouses in Hakodate are a complex of warehouses now used for general purposes. There are shops, the Hakodate Beer Hall and more in the Kanemori Youbutsukan and Hakodate Street Plaza, and BAY Hakodate has cafes and a chapel. The fourth area is Kanemori Hall, which hosts concerts and other events. The warehouses are lit up at night for a totally different atmosphere from the daytime.

    Famous large shopping area located in hakodate port. Several Souvenir shops & restaurants awaits tourists & locals alike for their shopping & dining experiences. an excellent place to stroll around...

  • Nakajima Park
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    4.0
    759 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Nakajimakouen
    Nakajima Park, situated in the middle of downtown Sapporo next to the Susukino shopping district, is a green park housing the Hassoan Tea House, designated an important cultural asset of the country, and Hoheikan (a historical building and wedding venue), located in the grounds of the park. With boating to enjoy on the Shobuike pond, as well as having an observatory and many monuments, Nakajima Park is a perfect place to take a stroll.

    My favorite space in Sapporo. The autumn trees were incredibly beautiful. You shouldnt miss out, please go here.

  • Abashiri Prison Museum
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    4.5
    780 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1
    This historic museum has preserved the former Abashiri Prison barracks as an outdoor museum. It was completely renovated in 2010. The virtual prison movie titled ''Forests Where Inmates in a Red Prison Uniform Worked'' is a must-see digital stereophonic theater experience focusing on the harsh working conditions of the erstwhile prisoners captured with the latest technology. One can explore the facility on a Guided Prison Tour, or actually eat the food the prisoners were given with the Experience Prison Food encounter. Two of the structures, 8 wards, transferred here are treasured as Japan's Important Cultural Properties.

    This is so much more than just a museum about the prison. It covers quite a bit of Hokkaido history, telling the sad tale of how prisoners were used to help build roads and infrastructure in...

  • Historical Village of Hokkaido
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    4.5
    554 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Atsubetsu-ku Atsubetsuchou Konopporo 50-1
    The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an outdoor museum which reproduces the frontier days of Hokkaido where you can learn about frontier history. There are four separate areas which are the Farm Village, the Sea Village, the Mountain Village and the City and you can walk through each village to experience the different atmospheres. At the Frontier Village Restaurant in the museum, you can eat the simple but delicious “Imo Mochi” and the restaurant’s original Tondenhei (Settlers’) Set Meal.

    A MUST GO if you want to learn about Hokkaido Culture, History... in an easy way, visiting different buildings displaced reconstructed (or replicas). Spend at least 2 or 3 hours if you want to enter...

  • Sapporo Factory
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    3.5
    379 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitanijouhigashi 4
    The Sapporo Factory has about 160 shops and facilities, which include a shopping center and all-weather entertainment. It was built on the site of the Kaitakushi Beer Brewery, which was the predecessor of Sapporo Beer, and used the red bricks from the building creating a historical feel. With limited edition items and one-of-a-kind stores, it is recommended for souvenir buying. There are also lots of ways to have fun, including a lush indoor garden, a cinema complex, and a beer hall.

    It was interesting to visit the Sapporo Beer Factory. We got to try the different beers and we also had lunch at the Beer Garden. Beautiful place to take pictures as well

  • Takino Suzuran Hillside Governmental Park
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    4.5
    430 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Takino 247
    Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is the only state-owned park in Hokkaido, with a size of about 400 hectares. The park is divided into four zones. In the central zone you can enjoy the beautiful country garden where flowers bloom throughout the seasons; in the mountain stream zone relax by the waterfalls and rivers; and in the Takino forest zones (east and west) you can take long forest walks and make use of the play equipment. Ashiribetsu Waterfall was chosen as one of the 100 must-see waterfalls in Japan. In winter it’s also possible to have a go at some tube sledding.

    You can tak subway to the last station, and took bus to there. Not too difficult In winter there are many activity both free and charge, for example Free :Tube slider, Snow shoe Charge :Ski I spend...

  • Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura
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    4.0
    343 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Nakanoboribetsuchou 53-1
    This theme park is in Noboribetsu. This village lets you experience Edo period culture and scenery yourself, as well as letting you dress up as a ninja, samurai, princess and more for a photo shoot. There are also attractions like legend-based plays, ninja houses, classes in shuriken throwing and Japanese archery, and more to make this a place to truly see, play, and learn.

    A lovely park featuring historic Japanese houses and Ninja shows.. Lovely to watch the shows and walk around the park..

  • Rusutsu Resort
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    4.0
    199 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abutagunrusutsumura Izumikawa 13
    A resort in Rusutsu Village. Rusutsu Resort boasts an array of facilities and offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy year-round, including an amusement park and golf course in summer and a ski area in winter. The resort was used for the international media center during the G8 Toyako Hokkaido Summit in 2008. The resort's amusement park was ranked as one of the best in Japan in a 2015 theme park list. Rusutsu Resort has also been introduced as one of the best resorts in the world in international travel magazines.

    Took a day trip from Hirafu to ski Rusutsu. Need to book at Welcome center, ¥8600 include bus fare and 1 day ski pass. Good value, considering an All Mountain Pass at Hirafu is about the same. There...

  • Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
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    4.0
    265 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuhigashichou 1-22
    This aquarium is in Noboribetsu. Built on the theme of Northern European Romance and Marine Fantasies, the symbol of the park is its castle modeled on Denmark's Egeskov Castle. In addition to the dolphin and seal show pools, the penguin hall and the king penguin walking route in front of the castle are popular. There's also a petting pool where visitors can touch skates and horseshoe crabs, a Ferris wheel, merry go round and other attractions throughout the park.

    Nice place for kids.. great animal shows and the penguins are lovely....The park is nice and we had a lovely walk..

  • Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
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    4.0
    385 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Tentozan 244-3
    Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, which is located on Tentozan in Abashiri City, is a tourist facility based on drift ice and the creatures who live in the Sea of Okhotsk. Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum has the biggest projection mapping in Hokkaido and displays the mysterious creatures such as the clione which live in the Sea of Okhotsk. The high-definition five-screen theater which includes a 300-inch screen is also impressive. One very popular experience is freezing a wet towel when touching the ice directly on the drift ice simulation terrace. At the highest observation terrace, 360-degree panoramic views are an amazing sight and have been designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty since 1938.

    The museum is on top of a hill which provides a good vantage point to look at the surrounding mountains and lakes. It is located in a modern-looking building. The first thing upon entrance is to...

  • Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden
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    3.5
    175 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Yunokawachou 3-1-15
    While in Hokkaido come explore rare plants and flowers from the southern regions in this Tropical Botanical Garden. There are over 3,000 plants covering 300 species in the garden making this a must-see location. You can also see Japanese macaque relaxing in the hot-springs during the winter. There is also a play area and water park for young children making this botanical garden popular with families.

    At the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, there are some nice and interesting plants and a few small amphibians. Aside from that, the onsen monkeys was the highlight of the visit. But I was...

  • Shiroi Koibito Park
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    4 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Nishi-ku Miyanosawanijou 2-11-36
    Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park where you can tour the production plant for Shiroi Koibito, a well-known confectionary that is symbolic of Sapporo (an entry fee is charged). There are also hands on activities such as a course in drawing pictures on the Shiroi Koibito, which can be enjoyed by children and adults. The Shiroi Koibito Park is packed full of areas where you can experience things first hand such as a lounge where you can enjoy the sweets in a space surrounded by English antiques as well as a candy lab where you can watch demonstrations by candy craftsmen. There is also a beautiful rose garden which presents different aspects in summer and winter.

    白い恋人パークで一休みの場所。以前はブリキを展示していたスペースを飲食コーナーにしているので店内にはブリキのおもちゃが飾ってあります。軽食もあるし、ドリンクは白い恋人ブレンドコーヒーをはじめオリジナルメニューも。今回はソフトクリームにしました。 白い恋人も1枚サービスされます!

  • Kaze-no Garden
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    4.0
    241 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Furanoshi Nakagoryou New Furano Prince Hotel On-site
    This garden was used as a location for the filming of the TV drama series “Kaze no Garden” (“Garden of the Wind”), written by famous scriptwriter Sou Kuramoto. The garden has approximately 20,000 individual plants belonging to over 450 different species, giving visitors a real experience of the natural beauty of Furano. In the summer, the “Night Garden,” in which the trees and plants are specially illuminated under the starry skies, enables visitors to enjoy an even more magically beautiful scene.

    This garden with the blooming flowers is so lovely. Even my hubby enjoyed viewing the many many different types of flowers and plants. Very well maintained garden and cottage.

  • Kita no Daichi no Suizokukan
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    180 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kitami-shi Rubeshibecho Matsuyama 1-4
    The Kita no Daichi no Aquarium, which is the first in Japan to have a waterfall basin tank, lets you experience riverside living creatures from the great northern land. Phantom freshwater fish Japanese huchen are raised and kept here, growing up to just about one meter in length. Please enjoy a look at the freshwater fish from around the world raised on Onne's water. From JR Rubeshibe Station, it takes about 20 minutes by bus headed for Roadside Station Onneyu Onsen. Get off at the final stop and walk two minutes. It is about 2 hours 20 minutes by car from the Asahikawa Airport.

    The aquarium was compact, and the tanks were clean and worth looking at. We did not realise that we couldnt see the fish under the ice as this is a seasonal display as the tank is outside and we...

  • North Safari Sapporo
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    3.0
    156 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Toyotaki 469-1
    A safari park in Minami Ward, Sapporo City. Here you can get up close with many kinds of rare wild animals and reptiles. In the on-site Kitchen Savanna restaurant you can try some of their bizarre food such as fried geckos and fried coconut worms! They also have plenty of more usual foods on the menu so no need to worry! Opening times differ depending on the month so it’s worth checking first before you go.

    酷かったです。自分はだいぶ前に行きましたが、ショックでしばらく立ち直れませんでした。最近また某テレビ番組で楽しい「動物園」として取り上げており、再び苦しさがこみ上げました。 思い出すだけで辛いのは、アザラシが子供用ビニールプールほどのすり鉢状の所に入れられ餌付けされていたこと、ライオンが四畳ほどの檻に入れられ「ライオンの釣り掘り」のアトラクションにされていたこと、フクロウが枝に足を括り付けられ動...

  • Sapporo Winter Sports Museum
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    4.0
    172 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Miyanomori 1274 Okurayama jumping stadium
    Sapporo Winter Sports Museum is located in the Okurayama Jump Stadium about 30 minutes by car from Sapporo Station. There are exhibits of many valuable materials from the Sapporo Winter Olympics held in 1972 in the museum as well as simulators that allow visitors to experience ski jumping while watching on the big screen. This is a place where you can see, touch and experience the fun of winter sports.

    A museum dedicated to the 1972 winter olympics that took place in Sapporo. A short trip, but a bit of fun.

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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